Out of Service
My focus on weaponized technology has inspired me to develop my own weapon systems, thereby mimicking and recreating the aesthetics of the arms fetish that is uniquely popular (and stringently protected) only in the United States.
Americans have a very distinctive relationship to weapons, no doubt owing to the United States’ rebellious explorer history and the right to keep and bear arms clause included in the original Bill of Rights and later added as a Constitutional Amendment.
I was also influenced by the aesthetics of “homemade” weapons confiscated in prisons, which demonstrate that the U.S. society is thoroughly and significantly weaponized from top to bottom. The unprecedented frequency of office, casual domestic, drive-by and school shootings prove this point.
My hope is for this thesis installation to stimulate spectators’ critical reflection about the questionable necessity of weapons, particularly as accessories to our daily lives, and the inclination of technological innovation towards new modes of destruction and control of the citizenry.
My artistic weapon systems allude to these issues by way of contextualization. The Home-Depot aesthetic of my fictional gun shop is a graphic foray, bathed in black humor, into the culture of weapons fetishization.